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Knitted Rainbow Colour Wheel Clock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knitted Rainbow Colour Wheel Clock

Whilst perusing Poundstretcher the other day I spotted a cheap and cheerful clock.  Thinking perhaps that I could “bling” it up a bit I made my rash purchase (£1.99!) and headed home to rummage for inspiration amongst “The Stash”.  This is the end result, a Rainbow Colour Wheel Clock.  I’m sure you guys will come up with your own colour schemes but maybe this will help to get you started 😊

Materials

You’ll need:
One Clock – mine had a face with a diameter of 6.5 inches / 16.5 centimetres

 

 

 

 

One pair of 3.5 mm knitting needles
Oddments of double knitting weight yarn (I used 12 different colours)
Some brightly coloured buttons for your “numbers”
A chunky sewing needle.

Method
Cast on 20 stitches (my clock face had a diameter of 6.5”/16.5cm so you may need to adjust your number of stitches accordingly)
Row 1 – knit
Row 2 – knit 18, turn
Row 3 and each alternate row (up to and including row 17) – slip first stitch, knit to end
Row 4 – knit 16, turn
Row 6 – knit 14, turn
Row 8 – knit 12, turn
Row 10 – knit 10, turn
Row 12 – knit 8, turn
Row 14 – knit 6, turn
Row 16 – knit 4, turn
Row 18 – knit 2, change to next colour and repeat from row 1.
Continue to do this until you have 12 segments then cast off.
Stitch the cast on and cast off segments together to join the circle but make sure you leave a hole in the centre for the pointers.
Cut a piece of cardboard the same diameter as your clock face.
Thread up your sewing needle with some extra yarn and using a running stitch catch the loop of each end stitch around the circle, don’t fasten off, just leave the end loose.
Make a hole in the centre of your card then place it on the wrong side of your knitted circle. Pull the running stitches tight so that the card is now secured then fasten off.
Stitch your buttons in the centre of each colour segment close to the edge of the circle.
Remove the clear cover from the face of your clock. Pull the pin from the centre of the pointers so that you can remove them. Push your card circle into the clock then replace the pointers. You may need to trim or bend the pointers up so that they clear the buttons and don’t become snagged in the knitted fabric.  Once you’re happy that they are spinning properly, replace the clear cover and enjoy!
Don’t forget to share your photos, we’d love to see them 😊

Noggin :) Super Chunky Hand Knitted Campervan Beanie Bobble Hats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love super chunky yarn!  I loose interest far too quickly if I knit with anything less than Double Knit weight yarn so Super Chunky is a firm favourite.  I’ve made up many designs for patterns using Wendy Serenity Super Chunky, a mix of Alpaca, wool and acrylic.  Sadly, it is now discontinued but I had some leftover balls of yarn and whilst trying to conjure up a way to use them I came up with the Super Chunky Campervan Beanie Hat, with optional Bobble.

I’ve had plenty of fun making these, especially since I can knit one basic design of hat and then pick any number of campervan/bobble colours to add to it.  Of course I had to add some sheep too, just for that Slightly-Sheepish element.

If you like the hat too you can get one custom made by following the link below 🙂

The Slightly-Sheepish Shop

Campervan Travels Cushion goes supersize!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been itching to have a go at knitting the Campervan Travels Countryside Cushion in super chunky yarn on big needles, no change to the pattern size just BIG!

This is the outcome, knitted in a super chunky yarn on a pair of 10mm needles.  I’ve added a simple border and I’m now the happy (and slightly warmer) owner of a Campervan Travels Countryside Blanket!

If you want to have a go, the Cushion pattern is available here: Knitted Campervan Travels Countryside Cushion.

Just cast on 90 stitches and knit the Front section of the cushion.  Cast off after the last row of the Front and then work the borders as follows:

Border (I used 5 colours)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using 10mm needles and first contrast colour:

With right side facing pick up and knit 90 stitches evenly along one edge

Row 1 – (starting with wrong side facing) knit
Row 2 – (right side facing) k1, increase 1, k to last 2 stitches, increase 1, k1 (92 sts)
Row 3 – (starting with wrong side facing) knit
Row 4 – (right side facing) repeat row 2 (94 sts)
Break first contrast colour and join second
Rows 5 to 8 – Repeat rows 1 to 4 (98 sts)
Break second contrast and join third
Rows 9 to 12 – Repeat rows 1 to 4 (102 sts)
Break third contrast and join fourth
Rows 13 to 16 – Repeat rows 1 to 4 (106 sts)
Break fourths contrast and join fifth.
Cast off in fifth colour then fasten off and work in any loose ends.

Repeat Border instructions for remaining 3 sides.
Stitch corners of each border section together and work in any loose ends.

Campervan Wheels
I crocheted my campervan wheels using a 6mm hook and Super Chunky yarn:

Using 6mm hook and dark grey work 2ch
Round 1 – Work 6dc into 1st chain (6 sts)
Round 2 – work 2dc into each stitch x 6 (12 sts)
Round 3 – work (2dc into 1st st, 1dc into next st) x 6 (18 sts)
slip stitch into next stitch then fasten off and work in any loose ends.
Repeat for second wheel.

Don’t worry if you can’t crochet, just use oversized buttons or felt to make your wheels.

Don’t forget to post a photo over on our Facebook page if you decide to give it a go!

Happy knitting 🙂

 

Half Price patterns for May Day 2017!

Just for today we are offering HALF PRICE on all our knitting, sewing and crochet patterns so if you’d like to create a little woolly DubLuv and make your own Campervan or Beetle inspired goodies, please come and have a browse around our store:

www.slightly-sheepish.com/shop and then enter the code: MAYDAY17 at the checkout.

Offer ends at midnight on 1st May 2017!

 

Can’t knit on short needles because you knit with a needle under one arm?

I’ve always been very envious of Sock Knitters. “Why would that be?” I hear you ask.  It’s because I cannot (no matter how hard I try) knit on short needles therefore, circular needles, DPNs and anything knitted “in the round” are like tantalising fruit, just out of my reach!
I have finally created a contraption which has enabled me to construct my first sock – in the round! Hoorah!
If, like me, you knit with a long needle firmly stuffed under on arm then this easily made contraption may be of use to you too.
All it is is a piece of FIMO clay formed into a roll of approximately 5cm long and 1.5cm wide. I pushed a hole into one end with a redundant 9mm needle and at the other with my double pointed needle.

I then baked the clay hard in the oven (having removed the needles first!) and hey presto! One needle adapter created!


I can now happily keep the long needle under my arm swapping the DPNs into the hole at the other end as I work my rounds. Yay! One happy person!

Imagine the fun of making brightly coloured FIMO adapters!
I hope this helps other “underarm” knitters who are frustrated at not being able to knit in the round at the same speed they knit normally!

Party on Girls!

‘Tis the season for partying so Anna-May and Elsa-Beth have cast aside their winter woollies in favour of party dresses, new shoes, bags and of course a wrap so they don’t get completely frozen!

This knitting pattern is available FREE throughout December 2016 when you purchase the knitting pattern for the dolls,  “Here Come the Girls” (£1.99) and will be added to your basket automatically, so, get those needles flying and have some fun!  Don’t forget to share photos of Anna-May and Elsa-Beth over on our Facebook page.

The “Here Come the Girls” doll pattern contains instructions for the basic dolls along with patterns for the jumpers, boots, coats and trousers. Oh, and just to make sure they are respectable when they go out, some underwear!

Both the “Here Come the Girls” and the “Party on Girls” patterns use oddments of Double knitting yarn and 3mm & 3.75mm knitting needles.

Stash busting Pop Art campervan cushion cover

I’m pretty sure most of us can’t resist squirrelling away lots of yarn, even those little bits and bobs that have been rescued from partially created items.  It seems such a waste to get rid of them yet they aren’t quite long enough to make into “proper” items.  That’s when stash busting patterns are perfect!  Crocheted Granny Square blankets are great for this but I wanted to knit something.  I don’t know why but Andy Warhol’s Pop Art “popped” into my head!  The result is this cushion cover – pop art camper vans on the front and stash busting stripes on the back!  I’ve enjoyed it so much I might have to make another one.  For curiosity’s sake I think I’ll try three colours next time.  Hope you like it!pop-art-cushion-front-RFSPop-Art-Campervan-Cushion-Back

Here come the Girls – Doll knitting pattern

I have two teenage boys and a husband so, other than the cat, I’m the only female in the house.  Though I don’t think of myself as a girly girl, I do have the occasional rebellious inclination to make something which could be construed as “girly”.  The “Girls” are my current project!  I’m having lots of fun coming up with new outfits for them but those will come at a later date.  In the meantime, the Girls are all togged out in their winter gear, ready for a chilly few months in Yorkshire!

If you’d like to make them, the knitting pattern is available as a PDF download for £1.99 via our website and includes the instructions for their current outfits: Sweater, Leggings, Coat, Boots and Undies!

If you make one, please feel free to post a photo on our Facebook page – I’d love to see!

Campervan Themed Knit and Crochet Kits now on the website!

Phew! It’s been a little hectic lately!
I had lots of design commissions for “Wendy” Yarns
Then we had Yarndale which was a wonderful woolly festival here in Skipton!
So many people at Yarndale were already buying Christmas presents (sorry, am I allowed to say the “C” word in October?!?) that I thought I’d better get my act together and add some kits to our website.
The result is that we now have yarn kits available for the
Bay
and Splitscreen Campervan Shoulder Bags
Splitty Crocheted Campervan Shoulder Bag
Campervan Hot Water Bottle Cover
Campervan Hot Water Bottle Kit
Crocheted Splitty Campervan Cushion

and last but not least the

Knitted Splitty, Bay and Beetle Cushions.

All available in a variety of colours and with or without needles/hooks!
Of course you don’t have to give them as Christmas Gifts – you can just keep them all to yourself 😉
Have fun!

Knit your own Campervan

Have you ever wanted to knit your own campervan?  I couldn’t resist having a go at knitting a 3D campervan.

The campervan is made using double knitting yarn and surrounds a framework of plastic canvas.

At 30cm long there is plenty of room in there for a mini teddy or two.  Just think of all the adventures they could go on.  Happy days.

The knitting pattern is available via our website and comes as a PDF download.

Happy camping!

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Campervan Hot Water Bottle PDF Knitting Pattern

If you’re quick at knitting there is still just about time to make up one of these Campervan Hot Water Bottle covers as a Christmas Gift. It takes lots of love to make it but only one 50g ball of double knitting yarn (plus some oddments) so it’s very affordable AND very personal!  The perfect gift (or you could just keep it yourself!) The pattern is just £1.99 and available as a PDF download from our Slightly-Sheepish shop. Stay Snug!

Campervan hot water bottle square

Knit this cosy Campervan Hot Water Bottle Cover and stay snug this winter!

campervan hot water bottle close up

Campervans, Snowflakes and Christmas Trees!

Campervan Bauble “Dub Ball” Free Knitting Pattern!

This PDF knitting pattern is to make a Campervan Bauble Christmas tree decoration.  Mine was about the size of a tennis ball and made from scraps of double knitting yarn (DK) on two 3mm (UK11) knitting needles. You can of course knit in the round on double pointed needles (DPN) it’s just that I knit with one needle under my arm and really struggle to get my tension right if I can’t do that! Sad I know!

A Campervan themed festive bauble decoration for your Christmas tree

A Campervan themed festive bauble decoration for your Christmas tree

Think of all the fun you can have making the decoration with all sorts of different campervan colours!  If you get a few on your tree this year be sure to send us a photo, we’d love to see it!

Great as a stocking filler or perhaps a Secret Santa gift and best of all this pattern is FREE!  Just head over to our online shop and have a look 🙂

All you’ll need are a few scraps of yarn, some ribbon and some stuffing or a polystyrene ball.

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